19 days in East Asia Itinerary

19 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route maker

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Fly
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
3
Nara
— 1 night
Train
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Takayama
— 1 night
Train
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus to Odawara Station, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Osaka

— 2 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji (Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, Koko-en, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka tour itinerary planning app.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Osaka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Copenhagen to Osaka, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Copenhagen in March, with highs in Osaka at 16°C and lows at 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 2 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
On the 1st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Gion, then make a trip to Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally admire the natural beauty at Keishuin Garden.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 3rd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nara tour planning app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Nara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Takayama

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Takayama online travel planner.

Drive from Nara to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Takayama when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 5th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower.

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Drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Takayama in April, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally cruise along Shakushi Toge.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi attractions planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or fly. When traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko

— 1 night
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hoshinomiya Iwasaku Shrine, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan jinja, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuzenji Temple.

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Getting from Hakone-machi to Nikko by combination of bus and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in April: highs in Nikko hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Tokyo

— 6 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip